Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
The Indians signed not one but two players with strong right arms named Mejia out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. Francisco Mejia blossomed into one of the best catching prospects in baseball after signing for $350,000 and was traded to the Padres for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber last July, while Jean Carlos (no relation) spent his first three years as a pro in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League after signing for $45,000. The latter finally made his full-season debut in 2018, impressing enough in low Class A to earn a spot on Cleveland's 40-man roster.
Though the Indians didn't make Mejia a full-time starter until last season, he definitely has the attributes to stay in the rotation. His heavy sinker is a plus pitch that sits at 91-94 mph, touches 96 and helped him log a 1.5 groundout/airout ratio in 2018. His curveball and slider have similar potential, and he also has feel for using his changeup.
Mejia is doing a better job of repeating his delivery now that he has grown into his extra-large frame, showing aptitude for commanding his breaking pitches as well as his fastball. He'll still have to prove he can handle a starter's workload after missing time last year with elbow soreness. If he can hold up, he eventually could fit in the middle of Cleveland's rotation.
Cleveland Indians recalled RHP Jean Carlos Mejia from Lynchburg Hillcats.
Lynchburg Hillcats placed RHP Jean Carlos Mejia on the 7-day injured list.
Lynchburg Hillcats activated RHP Jean Carlos Mejia from the 7-day injured list.
Lynchburg Hillcats placed RHP Jean Carlos Mejia on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 17, 2019.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Akron RubberDucks.
Cleveland Indians optioned RHP Jean Carlos Mejia to Akron RubberDucks.
Cleveland Indians selected the contract of Jean Carlos Mejia from Lynchburg Hillcats.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains.
Lake County Captains activated RHP Jean Carlos Mejia from the 7-day disabled list.
Lake County Captains placed RHP Jean Carlos Mejia on the 7-day disabled list.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Lake County Captains.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Cleveland Indians.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to AZL Indians from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from DSL Indians.
RHP Jean Carlos Mejia assigned to DSL Indians.
Cleveland Indians signed free agent RHP Jean Carlos Mejia to a minor league contract.